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WEEKES ON THE WEB
Posted On Friday, 06.12.2015 / 6:01 PM

By Kevin Weekes -  NHL Network Analyst /NHL.com - Weekes on the Web

Weekes: Pluses, Minuses for Lightning, Blackhawks

Kevin Weekes will be offering his pluses and minuses for the Chicago Blackhawks and Tampa Bay Lightning prior to each game in the Stanley Cup Final. He'll also assist fans with three must-watch elements of the game.

TAMPA -- Four games in the books in this Stanley Cup Final and the one thing that is so very obvious to me is that neither the Chicago Blackhawks nor the Tampa Bay Lightning are able to do what they want to do offensively, ideally speaking.

They are in many ways mirror images of each other, so they know how to shut each other down too. There have been momentum swings, no doubt, but overall this series is as even as it gets heading into Game 5 on Saturday at Amalie Arena (8 p.m. ET; NBC, CBC, TVA Sports).

Posted On Tuesday, 06.09.2015 / 6:50 PM

By Kevin Weekes -  NHL Network Analyst /NHL.com - Weekes on the Web

Weekes: Pluses, Minuses for Lightning, Blackhawks

Kevin Weekes will be offering his pluses and minuses for the Chicago Blackhawks and Tampa Bay Lightning prior to each game in the Stanley Cup Final. He'll also assist fans with three must-watch elements of the game.

CHICAGO -- The one thing we have learned so far in the Stanley Cup Final is what we should have already known coming into the series; the Tampa Bay Lightning are not afraid and they're not going away.

The Chicago Blackhawks are finding out the hard way so far. They're down 2-1 in the best-of-7 series heading into Game 4 at United Center on Wednesday (8 p.m. ET; NBCSN, CBC, TVA Sports).

The Blackhawks have to find a way to change the storyline if they want to hang with the Lightning, who are proving it on a national stage, or rather an international stage considering how broad our game is, how good they are.

Posted On Friday, 06.05.2015 / 11:29 AM

By Kevin Weekes -  NHL Network Analyst /NHL.com - Weekes on the Web

Weekes: Pluses, minuses for Blackhawks, Lightning

Kevin Weekes will be offering his pluses and minuses for the Chicago Blackhawks and Tampa Bay Lightning prior to each game in the Stanley Cup Final. He'll also assist fans with three must-watch elements of the game.

TAMPA -- The series is on, but we haven't seen the best yet from the Chicago Blackhawks and Tampa Bay Lightning.

Game 1 was more of a 'feel 'em out' type of game to me, but the Blackhawks being the Blackhawks, they found a way to win it 2-1 in comeback fashion.

The Lightning learned a few hard lessons from the professors of the Stanley Cup Playoffs in Game 1, and I have no doubt they will try to take them into Game 2 on Saturday at Amalie Arena (7:15 p.m. ET; NBC, CBC, TVA Sports).

Here is my breakdown of what we've seen and what to expect in Game 2:

Posted On Wednesday, 06.03.2015 / 3:00 AM

By Kevin Weekes -  NHL Network Analyst /NHL.com - Weekes on the Web

Weekes: Pluses, minuses for Blackhawks, Lightning

Each Wednesday throughout the Stanley Cup Playoffs, Kevin Weekes has been offering his pluses and minuses for the teams competing in the game that intrigues him most that night. Now that it's the Stanley Cup Final, Weekes will be following the same format to breakdown the matchup between the Chicago Blackhawks and Tampa Bay Lightning while also assisting fans with three must-watch elements of the game.

TAMPA -- This should set up to be an amazing Stanley Cup Final between the Tampa Bay Lightning and Chicago Blackhawks.

The matchups that we could see and the styles of play that we will see, I think it's set up to be incredibly entertaining.

We're about to see two fast, fun, aggressive teams that fly up and down the ice, can score a lot of goals, but also play an exciting brand of shutdown hockey. This is the treat hockey fans have been waiting for all season. This is the NHL's gift to you.

It starts with Game 1 on Wednesday at Amalie Arena (8 p.m. ET; NBC, CBC, TVA Sports). Here is my breakdown:

Posted On Friday, 05.29.2015 / 3:00 AM

By Kevin Weekes -  NHL Network Analyst /NHL.com - Weekes on the Web

Weekes: Two Game 7s are better than one

Each Friday throughout the Stanley Cup Playoffs Kevin Weekes will be bringing you his Friday Four. He will be blogging about four players, teams, series, plays, trends or really four of whatever from the playoffs that have caught his eye.

Two Game 7s to determine the Stanley Cup Final matchup. Are you kidding me, hockey gods? Are you kidding me? This is amazing. This is so amazing.

Tampa Bay Lightning at New York Rangers in the Eastern Conference Final, at Madison Square Garden, must-watch TV on Friday (8 p.m. ET; NBCSN, CBC, TVA Sports).

Chicago Blackhawks at Anaheim Ducks in the Western Conference Final, at Honda Center, must-watch TV on Saturday (8 p.m. ET; NBC, CBC, TVA Sports).

The winners line up against each other for the right to lift the big trophy.

Like I said, amazing.

Here is a take on each of the four teams as we head into Game 7 heaven:


Posted On Wednesday, 05.27.2015 / 3:00 AM

By Kevin Weekes -  NHL Network Analyst /NHL.com - Weekes on the Web

Weekes: Pluses, minuses for Ducks, Blackhawks

Each Wednesday throughout the Stanley Cup Playoffs, Kevin Weekes will be offering his pluses and minuses for the teams competing in the game that intrigues him most that night. Weekes will also be assisting fans with three must-watch elements of the game.

The Western Conference Final between the Anaheim Ducks and Chicago Blackhawks has been amazing so far with tons of skill, tons of speed, and a lot of strength.

It's funny, as I watch the Ducks play, and I know their fans won't like this, but in many ways they remind me of the Los Angeles Kings. They also have shades of the Boston Bruins from a few years ago, but they are playing like the Kings.

This is big-man hockey the Ducks are playing. It's a big reason why they're up 3-2 in the best-of-7 series.

Posted On Friday, 05.22.2015 / 3:00 AM

By Kevin Weekes -  NHL Network Analyst /NHL.com - Weekes on the Web

Friday Four: New hires bring credibility to their teams

Each Friday throughout the Stanley Cup Playoffs Kevin Weekes will be bringing you his Friday Four. He will be blogging about four players, teams, series, plays, trends or really four of whatever from the playoffs that have caught his eye.

Everybody was waiting for the coaching carousel to start turning and everybody was waiting on Mike Babcock, but interestingly enough, a few hires were made before the Babcock hire became official.

It started with Dave Hakstol to the Philadelphia Flyers, went to Todd McLellan to the Edmonton Oilers, and then to Babcock turning the hockey world upside down with his decision to go to the Toronto Maple Leafs.

Here's my take on all three of them, plus a bit on a wide open Eastern Conference Final:

Posted On Wednesday, 05.20.2015 / 3:00 AM

By Kevin Weekes -  NHL Network Analyst /NHL.com - Weekes on the Web

Weekes: Pluses, minuses for Rangers, Lightning

Each Wednesday throughout the Stanley Cup Playoffs, Kevin Weekes will be offering his pluses and minuses for the teams competing in the game that intrigues him most that night. Weekes will also be assisting fans with three must-watch elements of the game.

What more can we say about Tyler Johnson that hasn't been said? Probably not a lot. A lot has been said, and it's all good, and it's all deserved.

He's a star for the Tampa Bay Lightning. Simple as that. Enough said. He's a star. He proved it in Game 2 of the Eastern Conference Final with his hat trick in a 6-2 win against the New York Rangers that evened the best-of-7 series at 1-1.

Johnson scored shorthanded on a great play. He scored on a 4-on-3 power play. He scored on even strength. He did it all. He does it all.

Posted On Friday, 05.15.2015 / 3:00 AM

By Kevin Weekes -  NHL Network Analyst /NHL.com - Weekes on the Web

Friday Four: Canadiens have work to do

Each Friday throughout the Stanley Cup Playoffs Kevin Weekes will be bringing you his Friday Four. He will be blogging about four players, teams, series, plays, trends or really four of whatever from the playoffs that have caught his eye.

Two that are out, two that are moving on, good, bad, honesty, depth and history -- it's all in this week's blog.

Here we go…


Posted On Wednesday, 05.13.2015 / 3:00 AM

By Kevin Weekes -  NHL Network Analyst /NHL.com - Weekes on the Web

Weekes: Pluses, minuses for Capitals, Rangers

Each Wednesday throughout the Stanley Cup Playoffs, Kevin Weekes will be offering his pluses and minuses for the teams competing in the game that intrigues him most that night. Weekes will also be assisting fans with three must-watch elements of the game.

Game 7. Nothing like it. Nothing more really needs to be said, but I'll say it anyway.

The New York Rangers earned this Game 7 on Wednesday at Madison Square Garden (7:30 p.m. ET; NBCSN, CBC, TVA Sports) by winning Games 5 and 6 against the Washington Capitals.

The Rangers have won five consecutive Game 7s and they're trying to do something no team in NHL history has ever done, which is come back from 3-1 deficits to win a best-of-7 series two years in a row.

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That group is not satisfied until we win a Stanley Cup. When we do win that Stanley Cup, I don't think we'll be satisfied then either. We're going to want another one. We have the group to do it. We have all the pieces. We just need to put them together.

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